As the Boston Celtics take their 12th win straight, we see the true potential of this basketball team. Kyrie Irving, arguably their best player, missed this game due to a minor facial fracture. He got elbowed in the face by Aron Baynes this past Friday night against the Charlotte Hornets. Without Kyrie, the Celtics topped the Toronto Raptors in Boston 95-94. The leading scorer for the C’s was Al Horford, who was inserted into the starting lineup after being out 2 games with a possible concussion. He scored 21, pulled down 3 rebounds, and passed 4 dimes. The Celtics now lead the east and the league with a 12-2 record, while the Raptors now have a 7-5 record, which places them sixth in the Eastern Conference.
Last night, the C’s flashed most of their potential, but not all of this. I say this because they beat one of the better teams in the E.C. and this was without Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward, two of their three stars. Only one star was available to play the game, who is Al Horford. Kyrie will likely return to the starting lineup tomorrow against the Brooklyn Nets, who are without D’Angelo Russell, as he suffered left knee contusion. Kyrie will play, but this time wearing a face mask. He is no stranger to the black mask, though. In December of 2012, Kyrie wore a mask against the New York Knicks and posted 41 points.
The Celtics as a whole are a team still on the rise and are yet to reach their full potential. They have only played Gordon Hayward 6 minutes on the C’s floor, but his season was cut very short because of a devastating injury. He is an elite player in the NBA, a 2-way guard/forward who plays exceptionally well on both ends of the floor. Jayson Tatum has a very high ceiling to reach, and who knows how high this goes? Some compare him to Paul Pierce, who is a Celtic great. Jaylen Brown is another future prospect, who reminds me of Vince Carter, who is a future NBA Hall of Famer. Those are just the best players on the Celtics. We also have a deep bench, which consists of vets Shane Larkin, who is in his fifth NBA season, Marcus Morris, the bruiser, Aron Baynes, “Scary” Terry Rozier, and the heart of the Celtics, the bulldog, Marcus Smart. The bench also has upcoming young prospects in Jabari Bird, Semi Ojeleye, Guerschon Yabusele, and much more. Leading the pack, the boss, or whatever you want to call him, is none other than Brad Stevens, the brains behind the brawn of this basketball team. The Celtics are coming for number 18, and the way things are going right now, it looks like it could be very soon, maybe within the next 2 or 3 years.